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Dorchester County – On Tuesday, March 6, at 11:30 a.m. NRP charged Nelson B. Goslin Jr., 37, of Wingate with power dredging for oysters in a restricted area in the Little Choptank River at the mouth of Madison Bay. NRP received information of the illegal activity from an anonymous caller. Two bushels of oysters that were hidden in the bilge of Goslin’s vessel were seized as evidence.
The commercial oyster season for tonging and diving runs through March 30, Monday through Friday from sunrise to 3 p.m., with a limit of 15 bushels per licensee and not to exceed 30 bushels per boat.
The commercial oyster season for power dredge also runs through March 30 in designated areas of Calvert, Dorchester, Somerset, St. Mary's and Talbot counties, Monday through Friday from sunrise to 3 p.m., with a limit of 12 bushels per licensee and not to exceed 24 bushels per boat. A permit is required for power dredge.
The NRP reminds people that they can report illegal activity 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling the Catch a Poacher Hotline at 1-800-635-6124. The anonymity of the caller is guaranteed.
Garrett County - On Saturday, March 10 at 1:15 p.m. NRP responded to a report of a snowmobile accident in the area of Red Run Cove on Deep Creek Lake near Oakland. David P. Noffsinger, 43, of Frederick was operating his snowmobile with his daughter, Kara A. Noffsinger, 19, also of Frederick onboard when the sled broke through the ice.
Mark R. Sanchez, Andrew D. Whitham and Brian D. Lesh, all of Virginia, along with their families witnessed the accident. As family members called 911, Sanchez, Whitham and Lesh ran to the scene and helped the Noffsinger’s from the icy water. The Noffsinger’s refused medical treatment at the scene. Deep Creek Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Northern Garrett County Rescue Squad and Southern Garrett County Rescue Squad assisted NRP with the incident.
NRP and the Maryland Park Service remind snowmobilers, ice fishermen, hikers and cross-country skiers traveling on the lake to exercise caution and be alert for potential unseen safety hazards, particularly at night. With the warmer weather and the snow-covered ice, weak spots are hard to detect until it is too late. For further information on ice conditions at Deep Creek Lake, contact the park headquarters office at 301-387-5563 or the Discovery Center on weekends at 301-387-7067
March 12, 2007
The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 280 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 446,000 acres of public lands and 18,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov.